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Tesla Launch Powerwall Home Battery [Updated with Video]

-+*Elon Musk, what a guy, you gotta love him for this alone. The modern day tech hero has confirmed Tesla’s worst kept secret of recent times – the launch of a new battery for your home. The Tesla Powerwall home battery is designed to do several things. Firstly it operates like one giant UPS, guaranteeing power for your […]

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Competition: Win the Efergy Ego Smart Wi-Fi Socket

-+*The Efergy Ego Smart Wi-Fi Socket can remotely control appliances from your smartphone whilst monitoring and logging the energy they use. Here’s your chance to win one of the £40 units… Ego uses a cloud in order to store your data and controls your home through a router and ego smart sockets. You can easily tap into the data […]

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Exclusive: The ‘Flow Energy’ Boiler That Heats & Makes Electricity Too

-+*When the guys from Flow Energy got in touch we were intrigued by their patented MicroCHP (combined heat and power) central heating boiler that makes electricity while heating your home. We asked Flow’s CEO, Tony Stiff, to tell us a bit more about the technology and where he sees smart home micro generation heading in the next […]

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The WiSPP Wi-Fi Smart Plug Controls Appliances from iOS and Android

-+*Here’s a new Wi-Fi controlled smart home socket called the WiSPP (WiFi Smart Point Plug). The plugin remote controllable socket allows you to turn electrical devices On and off from any iPhone, iPad or Android device whether you are at home or not. You remotely control your appliances using the app and view their status in real-time from anywhere in […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Belkin Energy Saving Socket with Timer

-+*Yes, the home automator in you is going to look at this and protest.  Yes you could do this with a Z-Wave socket or whatever and a home automation controller and some of your finest logic scripting. But sometimes the KISS principal is best obeyed and simple is often better for members of the family who […]

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My Automated Home: Heat Genius Smart Home Heating Controls

-+*This months ‘My Automated Home’ feature follows Johannes Jensson’s compressive review of his Heat Genius installation… Nobody has escaped the rapid rise of gas and electricity prices over the last 5 years. I had a feeling that my cash was really going up in smoke and I needed a permanent way to reduce my heating cost. I […]

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Review: Plugwise Home Stretch 2.0 ZigBee Appliance Control & Energy Monitoring

-+*Automated Home’s favourite contributing reviewer, Ant Skelton, has spent the last few week putting the Plugwise Home Stretch 2.0 kit through its paces.  Here’s what he found… Plugwise are a Dutch company who’ve been making energy monitoring products since 2006. The Home Stretch 2.0 is their £354 basic starter kit, and they offer a number of add-on […]

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energyEGG Turns Off Lights and Appliances Automatically in an Empty Room

-+*On last nights episode of the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, business angel Piers Linney invested £50,000 in smart home company energyEGG. The energyEGG system relies on a battery powered sensor to determine when a room is unoccupied, turning off lights and appliances, which the company claims “typically saves 30% on the running costs”. Crucially the system […]

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OpenTRV: Better Heating and Saving the Planet

-+*OpenTRV project leader Damon Hart-Davis started in electronics when his dad got him interested early on in life. He has dabbled in computing in finance and with start-ups and an MSc, and is now spending a lot of time on energy efficiency to help reduce the effects of climate change.  We asked Damon to introduce the OpenTRV […]

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ZigBee Alliance Debuts Battery-Free Option With New Green Power Feature

-+*This morning the ZigBee Alliance have announced GreenPower, a new optional feature of the ZigBee PRO standard.  The new technology will allow wireless products, including switches and dimmers, to now be powered by energy harvesting devices rather than use traditional battery or mains power. SAN RAMON, Calif. – Dec. 19, 2012 – The ZigBee® Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless […]

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